The real cost of your water leaks

Water leaks (largely leaking taps) are one of the most common plumbing problems you will most likely face in your household. Many people attempt to fix the problem themselves or think that fixing a leaking tap, pipe, toilet or shower head is not an urgent problem that needs fixing straight away.

Unfortunately what most don’t realise is that just one slowly leaking tap can waste more than 72 litres of water a day, which over the course of a year can fill a family swimming pool! If the leak is coming from a hot tap, this may cost over $200 a year just to heat. A leaking pipe will be more in the range of water 60,000 litres of water in a year. Fixing a leak can result in at least a 10% reduction in your water bill, Sydney Water will also reimburse you for a water leak once every 5 years as long as it has been diagnosed and repaired by a licenced plumber.

For those of you conscious about the environment and trying to live a greener lifestyle, getting the leaks in your home fixed will stop water wastage and excess energy consumption.

Depending on where the leak/s are located in your house, if you let problems continue this can lead to serious property damage in the medium to long term future. Moisture will build up from the leaks, and increase the risk of mould and fungus developing, and this, in turn, may cause illnesses. Over the years, even a small leak can cause damage to walls, floors and ceilings that will cost you a lot more than just getting the plumber to repair the leaks in your home.

Check your home for;

  • Leaking taps that are dripping after being turned off
  • Leaks from hot water systems
  • Toilet cistern leaks
  • Continuous water meter consumption
  • Shower rose leaks
  • Dampness underneath the kitchen sink or vanity
  • Bubbling in painted walls adjacent to wet areas such as showers

4 Elements Plumbing are trained, qualified professionals that can come and provide an inspection of your home to determine if in fact, you do have any leaks occurring throughout your property. We will be able to fix any leaks you may have throughout your home, and save you from spending a larger amount down the track, as well as protecting your home from further damage.